The Medway Mail and Metro: Grab your copy here

First and second year students combined to produce two newspapers packed with news, features and analysis yesterday.

The Medway Mail and the Medway Metro included fresh angles on some of the biggest stories in the county - the fear of fracking, the chaos of Operation Stack, the closure of a major Tesco store, the publication of school league tables and the plans to redevelop Rochester Airport.

They also led the way with some genuine exclusives, including a harrowing interview with a Holocaust survivor and outrage at sexualised clothes being targeted at children in Medway.

Two tribes go to war…

We can exclusively reveal the teams for the year one and two joint print newsday on Thursday, January 30.

Both groups will be producing a 16 page newspaper in the style of the Daily Mail. Teams will be edited by Rob and Ian. Ron Green has agreed to be an editor “at large” and promises to provide neutral advice (just remember we’ve worked together for years, Ron…).

NCTJ Portfolio briefing: new date

Those still seeking inspiration for a new year's resolution will find all the answers they need at a NCTJ Portfolio briefing from noon to 1pm on Friday, January 30.

The session will be held in the main newsroom, and will be a refresher on what the portfolio involves, how it's marked, and some pointers about writing and presentation.

For second years: This does not replace your normal Reporting class - after the portfolio session we'll talk about the next Reporting exam opportunity, in March.

Great Scott! CfJ graduate races off with journalism award

Congratulations to CfJ graduate Scott Mitchell for being named the MSA and Renault's Young Journalist of the Year.

Scott graduated two years ago from the BA Journalism and the News Industry, and jumped straight into his dream job at Autosport.

The award is for the best young motor sports writer in Britain, and comes with a nice Christmas bonus: £1,000 and a year's membership of the Guild of Motoring Writers.

As if that wasn't enough, a few days later he was promoted to be Autosport's new features editor.

NCTJ Skills Conference 2014

The NCTJ is holding its annual festival of journalism skills in Sheffield on Thursday and Friday.

It brings together journalists, academics and trainers to discuss the most important issues facing the next generation of reporters.

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